Christchurch: At least 27 people were killed in shootings at two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch on Friday. Media reports suggest that at least 20 shots were fired and nearly 50 people were injured in the incident.
The Bangladesh cricket team was present at the Hagley Park mosque when the incident took place.
Cricketer Tamim Iqbal Khan took to Twitter and said, “Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack”
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the shooting and declared it as the darkest day.
Police have taken four suspects in custody. “Four people in custody; one woman, three men. We are still looking at the circumstances around it. Let’s not presume that the danger is gone,” Mike Bush, New Zealand Police, said.
The police have also warned people to avoid the area and all schools and a hospital were put in lockdown.
Eyewitnesses have reported running for their lives to escape the shooter. Unverified footage purportedly taken by the shooter has emerged, suggesting he filmed as he shot victims.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh cricket tour of New Zealand has been called off.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said, “Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch. Both teams, staff and match officials are safe and ICC fully supports the decision to cancel the Test match.”